Now Democrats are fundraising off of Benghazi.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday posted a statement from DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, decrying the decision by some Republicans to fundraise off the ongoing scandal surrounding the 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
“Fundraising off the Benghazi tragedy is despicable and insulting and has no place in the national conversation,” Israel said in the statement. “Speaker Boehner and Chairman Walden should immediately take down their BenghaziWatchdogs.com website and stop insulting the memory of the brave Americans who were lost there.”
But directly above Israel’s statement is a humongous “CONTRIBUTE NOW” button, where visitors can click to cough up some cash for the DCCC.
Brad Dayspring, a strategist for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, called out the DCCC for hypocrisy Thursday:
@BuzzFeedAndrew @lachlan Can we talk about the irony/hyprocrisy of this? http://t.co/fpfs4jzT3C — Brad Dayspring (@BDayspring) May 8, 2014
The DCCC finds the comparison to be unfair.
“This is a desperate attempt by the NRCC,” DCCC spokesman Josh Schwerin said in a statement to The Daily Caller, “to distract from the bipartisan condemnation they have received for sending fundraising emails and launching a website to raise money off of the Benghazi tragedy.
“To equate that with posting a press release condemning the use of Benghazi as a fundraising tool is absurd,” he wrote.
UPDATE: By Thursday afternoon, the DCCC removed the “CONTRIBUTE NOW” button from the page.
Alex Pappas contributed to this report. This report has been updated.